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'My Hero Academia' live-action film acquired by Netflix

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Dec 14, 2022 10:15 am

It looks like Netflix is going Plus Ultra as they have now acquired the rights to a live-action adaptation of the popular superhero manga and anime series My Hero Academia.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the live-action work will be produced by Legendary Entertainment, a studio best known for their "MonsterVerse" franchise or American iterations of iconic monsters such as Godzilla and King Kong. They have also worked on other blockbuster hits such as Jurassic World and Detective Pikachu.

Legendary Entertainment previously announced in 2018 that they will be producing a live-action version of My Hero Academia, which will be distributed by Toho theatrically in Japan. 

The feature will be helmed by Japanese filmmaker Shinsuke Nato, serving as his first English-language work. The screenplay will be done by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Army of the Dead writer Joby Harold.

While plot details are yet to be unwrapped, the live-action adaptation is expected to follow the story of its source material, which centers on an enthusiastic superhero fanboy named Izuku Midoriya who dreams of being a hero like his idol All Might, in a society filled with people who have a power called "quirks."

Unfortunately, there's one thing that's stopping him: he doesn't have a quirk. That all changes after a fateful encounter with the legendary All Might. Now with a quirk of his own, Izuku starts his journey of becoming the No. 1 hero through enrolling at U.A. High School, the most prestigious hero training academy. 

Launched by Kohei Horikoshi in 2014, My Hero Academia has since become a worldwide sensation and has over 65 million copies in circulation. An anime adaptation continues to run since 2016, and it is now on its sixth season with 25 episodes.